Medical equipment repairers address needs related to medical equipment throughout the machines' lives. When a machine is broken or not working properly, a medical equipment repairer must assess the issue and work to resolve it quickly and efficiently. The medical equipment repairer ensures that all medical machines and devices are in working order and up to date with the most recent technology (if applicable); this may involve regular inspection and maintenance, as well as taking preventative measures when possible. Often, medical equipment repairers must educate the staff in their medical facility on how to properly use and maintain equipment, as well as respond to staff questions and concerns on equipment maintenance.
Medical equipment repairers often work in medical facilities such as hospitals, private medical offices and ambulatory vehicles that house medical equipment and devices. They typically work during regular business hours, although their hours may vary depending on their employer's needs and may include working on call during weekends and evenings.
An associate's degree in biomedical engineering or a related field is typically the minimum educational requirement for medical equipment repairer positions. Previous experience is often required or preferred as well, although specific experience requirements vary by employer.
Medical Equipment Repairer Tasks
Keep records of maintenance, repair, and required updates of equipment.
Inspect, test, and repair medical and related equipment following manufacturers' specifications, using test and analysis instruments.
Study technical manuals and attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.
Perform preventive maintenance or service such as cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment.